If you are eligible for Professional Membership, you may also use professional designations after your name.   For a list of the membership levels and designations, please click here . These designations signal your professional status in the field of Human Resources.

Our package of membership benefits and services is designed to equip HR professionals with the strategic thinking and practical tools they need to influence impact in the workplace.

IPM offers both individual and corporate membership. Corporate membership allows multiple memberships to be taken out within the same organisation at a discounted rate. Corporate members also benefit from being able to change representative members at their convenience if employees leave or join the organisation.

Our package of membership benefits and services

  1. People dynamics

Members receive a hard copy as well as electronic access to People Dynamics, the official monthly magazine of the Institute. The magazine is an award winning publication which has been in print since 1980. People Dynamics provides a forum for debate and discussion on all issues affecting people managers in South Africa, the African continent and beyond.

  1. Online Journals

Members have access to two leading academic journals. They are:

  • South African Journal of Human Resource Management.
  • South African Journal of Industrial Psychology.

These two journals are searchable online and bring you high quality research content, all included in your membership fee.

  1. IPM Website

The IPM website contains information and resources, which are being built up over time to contain templates, checklists, example policies and how to’s.

  1. IPM Mentoring Programme

We are intent on supporting and building the Profession for both today and tomorrow. It is thus a pleasure to introduce you to the IPM Mentoring & Coaching Programme, where we introduce seasoned professionals to young practitioners and university students aspiring to break into the career. Our student chapters and workshops expose you to prospects with-whom you may form a career-long, rewarding relationship.

  1. Member discounts on IPM Programmes and Events

Individual members receive a discount for all IPM-hosted events throughout the year, including the IPM Annual Convention which attracts local and international speakers, delegates and exhibitors. Corporate Members benefit from a discounted rate for stand space at the exhibition.





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IPM Annual Convention and Exhibition: The IPM Convention has been hosted since 1956 and has been rated as a world-class event. Delegates have the opportunity to learn from experts, share knowledge and to network with like-minded peers in the industry. The Convention provides concrete takeaways for application back in the workplace, such as frameworks, models, processes and case studies from leading organisations. The Convention and its sessions should clarify that HR must be able to lead the business through its knowledge and expertise, with clear confirmation of the value proposition of HR, as evaluated by HR. The Convention should help practitioners to assess the value they deliver and prompt their focus on striving to improve the way they lead business to success.

It is also the setting for the IPM Annual Gala Dinner Excellence Awards which recognise excellent practice in HR.

The Convention offers a range of sponsorship opportunities for organisations.

The IPM Annual exhibition showcases products and services targeted at the HR market. Members benefit from a discounted rate for stand space at the exhibition.


IPM HR Directors Leadership Summit: This Summit attracts senior leaders from a range of industry sectors. The focus is on dialogue, debate and crafting solutions to our current human capital development challenges.

IPM Mid-term Conference: The Mid-term conference is a hands-on event. It is an opportunity HR Professionals to hone their skills and to keep abreast of trends and developments.

IPM Women in Business Conference with Gordon Institute of Business Science: The conference is an ideal platform to bring together leading businesswomen across sectors in an open and supportive environment for sharing, learning and networking. Guest speakers exchange ideas, insights, information and experience with peers regarding the challenges of women leadership in corporate and business world today, their journey, how they are making an impact in the business community and leading the future.

Strategic solutions and programmes


Strategic Solutions: The IPM partners with a number of key players in the industry to bring you leading edge solutions. The IPM Programmes include:

  • HR Business Partner Programme with Deloitte
  • Process Management for HR Practitioners with QBIT
  • In-basket Assessment for HR roles levels of work 1 – 4 with QBIT (in-company solution)
  • Standard Intergated People Practice Workshop with QBIT
  • Talent Architecture Workshop with Accenture
  • HR Metrics Workshop with Emergence Growth
  • Patterson Job Evaluation with 21stCentury Pay Solutions Group
  • Gearing the Practice of People Management in the 21stCentury Pay Solutions Group
  • Remuneration for effective talent management in partnership with 21st Century Pay Solutions Group

Programmes offered with UNISA

  • Programme in Human Resource Management
  • Advanced Programme in Human Resource Management
  • Course in Labour Relations Management
  • Course in Managing Training and Development

 SHRM Certified Professional Program

  • This Program is aimed at developing global leadership competencies.
  • Benefit from blended learning Qualification Tuition: The IPM SA / Emergence Growth SHRM Certified Professional program offers a blended approach to learning – designed to address the HR Standards and Global Competencies.

 HRCI Certified Professional

  • The online HRCI certification examination is offered in South Africa through IPM.
  • Certification serves as a visible acknowledgement of your demonstrated mastery of core HR principles and skills essential to the best practice of HR.

 Strategic Initiatives

  • The IPM CEO, Rre Elijah Litheko serves on the Human Resource Development Council (HRDC) which is chaired by the Deputy President, Cyril Ramaphosa.
  • IPM has been partnering with the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) in conducting the worldwide survey entitled “Creating People Advantage” since 2008.
  • The IPM partnered with the University of Michigan and the RBL Group to conduct the Global HR competency study led by Professor Dave Ulrich and partners. IPM CEO, Rre Elijah
  • IPM offers a Mentoring programme aimed at developing the HR practitioners of tomorrow and building talent pipelines in HR
  • IPM Top HR programme recognises top HR in South Africa